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Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

This week’s photo challenge: saturated,  was in some ways a week or so early, as the autumn leaves would be on the turn a lot better in a few weeks time. However, It was autumn leaves that inspired us and we make no apology for shooting in full velvia film simulation on our Fuji X-E1 to give us these very rich saturated colours. A sunny afternoon today has also helped with the pictures.


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Fruits Of The Forest

Every year around this time we go and pick blackberries from the hedgerows on Castlemorton Common. As Mrs P picked away, I started shooting with the X-E1 and soon a pattern emerged as I began to photograph all the different berries and fruits that  I saw in the hedges and on the trees growing on the hedgerows. It made for a fun afternoon strolling for us both and as a bonus we have some nice pies to look forward to!


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Weekly Photo Challenge: From Lines To Patterns

We went for a walk on the Malvern Hills today blackberry picking and I was hoping for some inspiration for this week’s Photo Challenge: From Lines to Patterns, but it was not to be. However, when we got back, we saw the inspiration on our patio. Our cat Ola was keen to help too but in truth, I think she would have helped better with an earlier challenge on the theme “an unusual point of view!”

Either way the challenge has been done and if they are weak entries, at least some have a bit of a depth of field thing going on to add a spot of interest.


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Fujifilm launches the FUJIFILM X-A1

September 17, 2013 Fujifilm Press release

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is today announcing the launch of its fourth interchangeable lens camera, the FUJIFILM X-A1. This latest addition to the FUJIFILM X will broaden the appeal of the range to a wider audience; it is positioned as a step-up compact system camera and is aimed at users looking to buy into their first interchangeable lens system camera.

Main Features Summary

  • The X-A1 has the compact and lightweight feel of Fujifilm’s recently launched X-M1, but this time features an APS-C CMOS sensor and EXR Processor II offering high quality image capture. The 16M large APS-C CMOS sensor for rich tonal expression, created a beautiful “bokeh” effect, increased dynamic range and support for a maximum 25600 ISO.
  • It is in line with Fujifilm’s strong X design and for the first time, Fujifilm has introduced a more varied range of colors to the mix. And it is designed to enable one-handed operation with intuitive and quick selection of functions for casual shooting. All the operation buttons and dials are positioned on the right side of the camera’s rear panel in pursuit. And, the movie button enables you to instant switch to movie recording even while shooting still images.
  • With a tiltable high-definition LCD monitor, built-in flash and Wi-Fi®* link to transfer photos to smartphones, the FUJIFILM X-A1 has all the features consumers will be looking for when venturing into compact system cameras for the first time.


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

WordPress Photocomp: inside

This is our second week of entering the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. The theme is Inside. Today we went to The BIG MINI Show at Penkridge Market in Staffordshire and while we were there we thought about the photo challenge theme and decided to grab a photo of what is inside a MINI – in the engine bay.

You can find out about the challenge here: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/photo-challenge-inside/


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The Malverns – Close Up

Recently we took a walk in the Malvern Hills and tried to capture the beauty of the hills from a landscape point of view. You can see our results here. I think we did the hills justice on that occasion but generally we find it hard to capture the epic beauty of these hills in one photo. This weekend saw us back on the hills again and this time we tried to capture the hills in a different way. Close up and personal! I had textures in mind but as the photos from the day took shape it really became a collection of detail shots, seats, benches, logs, signs, moss, webs and so on. The hills then, are beautiful in an epic grand landscape kind of a way but also there is beauty to be found in the detail. Nature is quick to reclaim what is hers and in the same way that there was beauty to be found in the old fading and aging buildings of Venice, then there is beauty in the way that nature ages and absorbs. You can see this on old benches or on moss covered logs.

To conclude, we hope you enjoy this set but if you get a chance take a walk on the Malvern Hills and see if you can photograph the beauty and majesty of the hills.